Peace and Freedom Candidate Makes Bid For Assembly

While most of the media attention on the next Tuesday's Ninth Assembly District primary race has focused on the race between Democratic ...

While most of the media attention on the next Tuesday's Ninth Assembly District primary race has focused on the race between Democratic incumbent Dr. Richard Pan and his two Republican opponents, there are three others in the race. One of the other candidates is C. T. Weber of the Peace and Freedom Party. In the the interest of providing more information to Elk Grove voters about his positions, Weber has provided information about his positions of various issues.

Occupation: Retired State Government Analyst and mid-level Union leader and activist.

Qualifications: C. T. Weber was a long time union organizer, steward, and elected leader (including four two-year terms on the California State Employees Association, Board of Directors). I worked 22 years as an analyst for the State of California. As SEIU Local 1000, District Labor Council 784 president, I served on the SEIU Local 1000 State Council and was a delegate to the Sacramento Central Labor Council.

My education includes a Bachelor’s degree in History and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from California State University, Long Beach. I have been active in the peace, and social and economic justice movements for over 40 years. I founded several alternative institutions including the Long Beach Free Clinic, soup kitchen for the unemployed and a crash pad for the homeless.

A member of the State Assembly introduces legislation. I would advocate and vote for; the preservation of social programs, cuts to the prison system, and shifting the burden of taxation to those who get wealthy off the system; I would advocate and vote against offshore oil drilling; and I would advocate and vote to reduce student fees.

California is in an economic freefall. In fact, some 77% of California voters think the state is on the wrong track. Only 14% think the state is on the right track. Some 68% of Americans want a third party. However, with candidates allowed to win with a simple plurality of the vote in districts where only one candidate can win, voters are afraid that if they vote for the candidate they prefer that it will allow the “greater evil” to be elected. Don’t put up with it. You want reform of the corrupt election system, if given the opportunity; I will introduce and vote for fundamental changes in order to bring about real democracy. You want strong labor laws, as a job steward and elected union leader for over twenty years I will introduce and support bills that will help working people.

If you elect me to the California State Assembly I will work to bring the California National Guard home to be available for emergencies in California. I will also insist that the California legislature pressure Congress for an immediate withdrawal of all U. S. troops and contractors from Iraq and Afghanistan and bring them home.

Other Issues: I want the minimum wage to be doubled and tied to the cost of living. I support a universal, high quality single payer health care system. I support free, high quality education from pre-schools through technical schools and universities. I believe everyone has the right to marry. I have actively opposed the death penalty for years and will continue to work to see that it is abolished. I will also work to end the three strikes laws.

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Colonel Walter E. Kurtz said...

I wonder what his reaction is to the free-fall of union membership and their long fought benefits being chipped away at. Doubling the minimum wage will raise the cost of non-union produced goods and labor, but unless other wages are also rising, wonder how this will benefit the economy?

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